Easter is a wonderful time of year! It is when families get their first taste of spring with warmer air, longer days and the first blooms of flowers! Hunting Easter Eggs is the highlight of the holiday for most children. Making the eggs, however, can be a messy chore. Here are some tips to help families get the most out of the Easter holiday.
Basic Easter Eggs
First, determine the number of eggs needed for the holiday celebration. Most families enjoy hiding eggs and opt for at least two dozen. Since they can be eaten, there is no loss in making a few extra!
Next, hard boil the eggs by placing them in a saucepan and covering them with several inches of cold water. Turn up the heat and bring it to a boil. Boil for two minutes then turn the heat off, cover the pot and let the water slowly cool over the next 15 to 20 minutes.
Drain the water and run cool water over them to further cool them off. When the eggs are completely cool, kids can color or decorate them. Be sure to have everything handy before starting the process!
Coloring the Eggs
There are several ways to color Easter Eggs. One of the easiest is to simply buy a kit, such as the popular PAAS kits, which are easy to use. There are many other kits available, however, and they aren’t limited to dyes. Some have plastic decorations can be shrunk around the eggs, various stickers, wire holders and a variety of other options.
Children can also use regular food dye to color Easter Eggs. Here is what they’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon food coloring
- 2 teaspoons vinegar
- Several paper towel rolls, cut into 1 inch segments to hold eggs as they dry
- Several bowls for the different colored dye.
- Paper towels (to lay under the paper towel rolls to absorb liquid)
- Fill each bowl with water then add the food coloring and vinegar. Stir well. Use a different bowl for each new color. Adjust the amount of food coloring used in order to achieve the desired color.
- Before starting, put a few paper towels on a level surface and place the cut paper towel rolls on top. This is where to set the eggs after they’ve been dyed.
- Dip one egg at a time into the desired colored, use a spoon to guide the egg and to hold it under the water as needed. You can also use the spoon to dip and pour the colored water over the egg.
- The longer the egg is left in the dye, the darker it will be, so pay attention! Once the right color has been achieved, use a spoon to scoop the egg out and set it upon a cut paper towel roll to dry.
Note: Always let eggs dry completely before handling. Touching them too early will mess up the finish!
Easter Egg Variations to Try
There are many ways to spice up Easter Eggs. Here are a few to try this time around!
- Use a crayon to make a design, write a name or draw a picture on the egg. The wax will resist the dye and leave the design untouched.
- Wrap rubber bands around the eggs before dying them to create cool designs.
- Add one tablespoon of oil the dyed water. Stir briefly and quickly drop an egg in and take it back out. This will create a marbled effect!
- Use a paint brush and paint dye, undiluted, directly onto the egg. Allow to dry completely before touching.
- Use a natural sponge to daub dye onto a pastel dyed egg to create a beautiful effect. Try using different tones of the same color or mix and match!
Easter Egg decorating offers many creative opportunities! Children will love creating designs and personalizing their eggs. Adults will enjoy creating lasting memories with their children! So, grab a few supplies and get ready for Easter with some egg dyeing fun!